I read the original post as the broken U clamp was as a result of the accident, not the cause, so I'm sorry if I offended you, but it wasn't really clear until your last response. Not to mention it would be one of the few (or maybe even the only) incident I can think of where a critical aspect of the steering broke in such a way. So, what I said about the 1 year warrantee still stands. I highly doubt that the parts you get will break like that. Usually the critical components are made to last. If someone reads this and knows of some danger involving this, please respond!
Ah, ok. Yes, that clamp broke while driving. It was guessed, to be the result of a bad front strut with no compression, which I had replaced two yrs earlier. Maybe hitting one of our famous Philadelphia potholes may have made the initial first crack in that 'U' clamp.The first shop mechanic said it looked as if one crack was older then the other. He also said in his experience, losing the steering, with any car, is not as uncommon as we might think.
I lost the steering in this A90 twice before!
Each time, including this third time, I was on I-95 !
Incredibly, I made it to a stop each time without any injuries or collisions!
The 1st time, something, maybe part of the rack and pinion fell apart. I believe it was a connection between two plates by 6 bolts. The bolts worked themselves loose, plates then separated, and wham-o, no steering while doing 65 mph on 95 with traffic around me! Horn blaring, flashers on, car swerving back and forth across lanes. I`m pumping the brakes to slow the car down with traffic all around me, but not so much as to cause an accident, hoping not to broadside a car or slow too quickly and cause a multi-car pile-up behind me!
I had this repaired by some hole-in-the-wall shop.(mistake...but toeing was expensive)
About two yrs later the same exact thing happened again!
I was toed off 95 by 'Penndot' to a nearby Pep Boys. I insisted he use nylon thread locking nuts this time. Now look what happens! haaaaaa
If I wasn`t an agnostic, I would be thinking someone wants me dead.
So you see why I asked about warranty. It would just be my luck the whole thing fails one day after warranty ends.
I swear i`m not fibbing....3 times on 95